This tutorial will knock your socks off…because you will learn how to create cool dimensional lettering using Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks and a masking fluid pen. Chasity is here to explain it all and has a FREE template and SVG file for you to download!
Kelly Creates Supplies: Watercolor Inks Set 1 and Set 2, Watercolor Paper pad, palette with pipettes, watercolor lettering brush set, Black Fineliner, Dream pens (Stone from Set 2), Deluxe Lettering Kit (pencil and eraser)
OTHER SUPPLIES: Molotow Masking Fluid Pump Marker (or Pebeo Drawing Gum Marker), Paper trimmer, Scissors or digital cutting machine, card stock coloured paper, adhesive foam dots.
Happy February lettering friends! Hope everyone is having a really great start to 2021!
Today I am sharing with you a fun lettering tool that I saw Kelly use, and my mind was blown. When I saw the tool, I wondered where this had been my whole life? And I wanted to get one, try it, and then share it with you so you can learn all about it too! I hope you think it is as amazing as I do!
The ‘tool’ is a Masking Fluid Pen. Artists, letterers and calligraphers use it as a resist to cover parts of their artwork to prevent it from being marked by paint or ink. This is really great to use with Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks. The benefit of using a masking fluid is that you can work freely and paint with confidence, knowing you will preserve the white of your paper or whatever colour is under it. Masking fluid comes in both a bottle and a pen. For lettering, I used the Molotow brand masking fluid pump marker (from Amazon), but I’ve also seen Kelly use the Pebeo ‘drawing gum’ pen too.
Here is the masking pen that I ordered (2 mm size). It’s kind of like writing with a paint pen. As well, you have to shake it a lot and follow the instructions for its first use by priming and pumping the tip gently to start the flow of fluid. I used Kelly Creates Watercolor Paper and it held up perfectly. (NOTE: Do some tests with it first to learn how to use it)
For these projects, I wanted to do a sort of positive/negative, resist technique. I knew I wanted to use shapes that I could write words in, so I chose a chunky block style XOXO and a Shamrock shape to celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
I started by cutting out the XOXO and Shamrock templates with my Electronic Cutting Machine (Silhouette, Cricut or Scan N Cut). You can use the SVG files if you want to create the same projects. (Click HERE to download the SVG files from DropBox).
If you don’t have a digital cutting machine, don’t worry. You can draw these freehand by yourself or… you can print out the PDF and cut with scissors, then trace. Click HERE to download the PDF.
I then planned what word I wanted to write across my block letters with pencil and chose the word “love.”
Using my Masking Fluid Marker, I traced over ‘love’ in a faux calligraphy style by thickening the downstrokes.
The pen reminded my of a paint pen consistency, and was really easy to use. Let it dry completely before painting, which takes a minute or two.
Now, it’s time to use the Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks to paint the XOXO block letters. Don’t worry about going over where the masking fluid is because it will not seep in.
To paint in the XOXO, I used Rose, Poppy and Violet and allowed them to mix and blend where they touched each other. This is a Valentine card, but could be altered to be for any occasion! Instead of ‘love’, you could write ‘miss you.’
I really liked that the masking fluid is blue, and I knew exactly where it was writing. Let the watercolor dry completely. You can use a heat embossing tool if needed to help speed up the process.
The next step is to use a Kelly Creates Black Fineliner pen 08 and outline the block letters. I used the 08 size tip.
Then, I used the Kelly Creates ‘Stone’ grey Dream Pen and added a shadow to the block letters.
Next, I carefully outlined around the masking pen as well. I like a very clean look, and I find that outlining gives that appearance. (You could do this after you remove the masking fluid.)
Now, the fun part! Remove the dry masking fluid with the clickable Kelly Creates eraser from the Deluxe Lettering kit. This erased my pencil lines at the same time! You can also rub gently with your finger tip to remove the masking fluid.
I was really impressed at how well the masking fluid worked and also how great the Kelly Creates watercolor paper held up while I erased.
Keep working until all of the masking and pencil lines are gone. Then, using the same Kelly Creates Black Fineliner pen, outline the “love” word.
Now I used the masking fluid pen again so I could paint in between each letter to create a ‘reversed’ positive-negative lettering effect. I only used the masking fluid where I needed to start and stop. I let that dry and painted the sections in between each letter. Remember to let the paint dry completely before removing the masking fluid.
Go back and also draw the same shadow using the Kelly Creates Stone Dream Pen. I found this really made the project look dimensional! Pops off the page! I wanted to make a Then I fussy cut around it and added some foam dots to the back before placing it on a piece of white cardstock. I mounted the white cardstock on to pink cardstock, which I used as the card base. I then added some embellishments and Baker’s Twine to finish the card.
I also created the ‘lucky’ shamrock following the same steps that I used for the previous card. Here are 3 process photos for the shamrock project.
I think I will put this in a frame for March! You could use this idea for your art journals, planners, calendars, and more!
I hope that you try these fun lettering techniques with the masking fluid marker and learn something new! The effect is really eye-catching. I will for sure make this pen a staple in my lettering toolbox!
For more crafty ideas and lettering inspiration, follow Chasity on Instagram @chiciscre8ive
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